The Roundtable issued a joint statement along with the Lake Champlain Regional Chamber of Commerce, Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility, and Vermont Chamber of Commerce, calling on President Trump to rescind the Executive Order – Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States (see full text here https://www.nytimes.com/2017/01/27/us/politics/refugee-muslim-executive-order-trump.html ) that imposes a 90-day travel ban on citizens from seven predominately Muslin countries; suspends the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program for 120 days; and calls for a review of the visa and refugee programs, arguing that “numerous foreign-born individuals have been convicted or implicated in terrorism-related crimes since September 11, 2001.”
The statement issued by the groups has been posted to our homepage slider and may be read here:
“Vermont business associations representing small, medium and large, businesses and their employees across Vermont finds the recent Executive Order signed by President Trump to be contrary to the economic and humanitarian values that have defined our state and our country since its inception. The statement is issued jointly by the Lake Champlain Regional Chamber of Commerce (LCRCC), the Vermont Business Roundtable (VBR), the Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility (VBSR), and the Vermont Chamber of Commerce (VCC).
As a state whose history is steeped in the legacy of those fleeing religious and political oppression, and as a state whose history is woven throughout the American Revolution’s fight for personal liberty and freedom, our Associations reject the underlying assumption that one’s race, religion or culture should create an automatic bar to entry into our country.
We believe that diversity makes us stronger, economically, socially and politically. We are disturbed by the reality that those who may be viewed as ‘different’ could be singled out for harassment, violence and rejection. As a business community, we want it known that we embrace all those who desire to work together in promoting the common good.
We respectfully request that the President rescind his Executive Order and work to find more effective ways to protect our country, our values and way of life that many have died defending.”